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What’s Cooking: Meet Blueprint Breakfast Chef Steven Goff

Chef and owner of Tastee Diner Steven Goff shares why supporting nonprofits is so important to him.

“Never in my wildest dreams”

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Alexander homeowner of 44 years now can live safely navigate her property, thanks to Habitat’s Home Repair program.

Women building community- one affordable home at a time

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Learn all things Women Build- what it’s all about, the history and how to get involved to help us build another energy-efficient, affordable home in West Asheville.

Asheville’s Swimming Pool: Learning from the Past

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In The Sum of Us, author Heather McGhee uses public swimming pools as a metaphor for her thesis that zero-sum thinking about race creates policies that hurt the whole community. In this blog post, learn the history of Asheville’s Recreation Park and how the same zero-sum thinking that led us to “drain the pool” shows up in housing, too.

5 Reasons to Donate to Asheville Habitat

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A donation to Asheville Habitat makes homeownership possible for all of our neighbors, helps provide a stable foundation so children can thrive, allows homeowners to age in their communities, helps break the cycle of poverty, and helps families build strength, stability and self-reliance.

Before and After: Home Repair for a former ReStore Volunteer

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Carolyn knew it was time to do something about her floor when she had to move heavy furniture off of it and avoid walking on it altogether. Fearful she would fall through and injure herself, she turned to Asheville Habitat’s Home Repair program. She was no stranger to Habitat because Carolyn served as a ReStore volunteer for four years.

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Local Muralist Paints Tribute to Front Line Health Care Workers

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By Maddy Alewine, Communications Specialist

Now as Mission Hospital staff and patients look down at Biltmore Avenue and as people drive by Mission’s Emergency Room they will be met with a colorful and vibrant mural of gratitude for the people on the front lines of the Covid-19 epidemic— healthcare workers. 

Local muralist Ian Brownlee knew he wanted to paint a mural to thank all the hospital workers, he said. After reaching out to The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC), Brownlee was connected with Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, the owner of a small building on Biltmore Avenue that is directly across from the entrance to Mission’s ER.  

“When people see it, I’m really hoping they feel appreciated,” Brownlee said. “As we have been painting it, we’ve had folks honk horns, give thumbs up and cheer as they drove by.” 

The property at 500 Biltmore Avenue was donated to Asheville Habitat and is currently being held for future sale or redevelopment consistent with the donor’s wishes. Brownlee came forward to ask about the building because the location is perfect for his message. 

“Habitat is so grateful to Ian for wanting to recognize all heath care workers, especially since a number of Habitat homeowners work in the health care field,” Sydney Monsaw, Habitat’s Sponsorship and
Stewardship Coordinator said. “It was great to partner in a different way and pay tribute to those
doing the hard, caring work for our community.”

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Muralist Ian Brownlee draws the outline of a section of his mural July 7, 2020.

Recently boards were put up and primed by a Habitat staff member to make the front building façade flatproviding Brownlee with a blank canvas. CFWNC covered the cost of painting supplies and helped supply volunteers. Bright hues of pink, blue, red, and yellow form the figures of nurses, caregivers, a janitor, and doctors with the message “thank you healthcare workers.” 

Habitat is happy to be a small part of this tribute to health care workers that mean so much right now,” Asheville Habitat’s Executive Director Andy Barnett said. “In our affordable housing work, we partner with a number of folks who are in health care professions and we want all of them to know they are appreciated.” 

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A Safe and Dignified Living Space

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By Maddy Alewine, Communications Specialist

A home is more than a roof and four walls. Homeownership is the primary way Americans accumulate wealth. This is true for Victor, a retired forklift driver and Asheville High graduate, who inherited the Oakley home from his great aunt in 2018. Victor’s grandfather built this home with his own two hands in 1944.

AmeriCorps member Lucas works on the trim in the back bedroom.

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AmeriCorps member Cecily and Home Repair Supervisor Pete install new kitchen cabinets.

Home can be a safe and healthy haven, but for Victor, he found himself living in an old home with a growing laundry list of repairs including heavily deteriorating floors and walls with moisture-ridden wood, and faulty plumbing. Victor’s cerebral palsy means he is unable to repair and upkeep with the growing number of problems in his home, even with family regularly checking in and assisting him.

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AmeriCorps Jennie installs vinyl flooring in the kitchen.

Asheville Habitat’s Home Repair team demolished the kitchen, back bedroom, and bathroom to repair the floor framing and install vapor barriers and insulation. New subflooring and vinyl flooring were installed and plumbing was fixed in the bathroom and kitchen. While new and sturdy floors gave the three rooms a whole new feel, new kitchen appliances and fresh paint and trim really made the place shine. Victor and his family expressed how much they love the work that was done. Victor can now live safer and with dignity in his family’s home.

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The finished kitchen

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New kitchen appliances

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Completed back bedroom

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New walk-in shower

New Partnership to Meet Senior Housing Needs

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Though older adults (age 55+) comprise 20% of Buncombe County’s population, they have limited access to affordable housing options designed to meet their needs. Coordinator for Buncombe County Aging Plan Alison H. Climo shared, “Neither the current housing stock nor the booming development of new housing matches the expressed desire among older and aging residents to age in place. Buncombe County needs housing options that are affordable but also accessible to enable people of all ages, and all people as they age, to remain in the home of their choice.”

To that end, in the first phase of construction at its upcoming New Heights neighborhood (off of Old Haywood Road), Habitat will build 8 single-level townhomes specifically for aging adults, thanks to generous support from local retirement community, Deerfield. Funding from Deerfield and its newly formed Charitable Foundation includes a Full House Sponsorship ($55,000) on each of the 8 units, as well as $50,000 to research and develop senior-oriented house designs, financing options and HOA management.

“The ability to age with safety and dignity and to live in an age-friendly community shouldn’t be an option reserved for the wealthy. Everyone deserves to live in a stable, affordable home – in all stages of life. We are incredible grateful for Deerfield’s partnership in this important work of ensuring more of our aging neighbors have a safe, affordable home,” said Andy Barnett, Asheville Habitat’s Executive Director.

Specifically designed for and sold to qualified older adults, Habitat’s senior housing will include universal design elements such as:

  • An at-grade or ramped entrance to the main floor or the capability to easily install a ramp
  • Entry doorways and passageways at least 36″ wide
  • A bathroom that will accommodate a wheelchair in a 365-degree circle
  • One-level living that includes a full bath, kitchen, laundry, living space and 1+ bedroom
  • Additional occupant-specific accommodations

 

Site of New Heights as of Dec. 2019.

Like all Habitat homeowners, senior homebuyers will repay an affordable mortgage. To help identify potential homebuyers, Asheville Habitat will leverage existing relationships with Council of Aging, Land of Sky Regional Council and other agencies.

“We are so glad to be able to support affordable housing for seniors in Buncombe County. Deerfield residents have communicated their passion and support for Habitat in such practical ways over the years – consistent volunteerism and generous donations! We listened and are affirming their commitment to Asheville Habitat by investing nearly half a million dollars in the organization’s good work,” remarked Michelle Wooley, Director of Philanthropy at Deerfield.

To learn more about Habitat homeownership (senior housing or traditional single-family and townhome models) here or call 828.210.9362. Information sessions are held multiple times each month and the schedule of upcoming dates can be found on the website.

Tag Archive for: Asheville

Tag Archive for: Asheville

PicklePalooza 2022

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Join us for the 2nd Annual PicklePalooza hosted by DJ’s Pickles and Blue Ghost Brewing! Food, music, drinks, games, and family fun!
$5 admission benefits Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Homeownership Information Session – 2pm

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Come learn more about Habitat’s affordable homeownership program, and whether it’s right for you, in this 1-hour Info Session. A staff member will be available to work with you one-on-one to get your application started (after the presentation), if you bring proof of income with you.

No pre-registration required. Questions? Call 828-251-5702.

Homeownership Information Session – 6pm

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Come learn more about Habitat’s affordable homeownership program, and whether it’s right for you, in this 1-hour Info Session. A staff member will be available to work with you one-on-one to get your application started (after the presentation), if you bring proof of income with you.

No pre-registration required. Questions? Call 828-251-5702.

Homeownership Information Session – 6pm

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Come learn more about Habitat’s affordable homeownership program, and whether it’s right for you, in this 1-hour Info Session. A staff member will be available to work with you one-on-one to get your application started (after the presentation), if you bring proof of income with you.

No pre-registration required. Questions? Call 828-251-5702.

Free Film Screening

What: Film screening of OwnedFree entry. Following the film, a panel discussion with local housing advocates will take place. Watch the trailer here. 

When: Thursday, October 17. The film begins at 7 pm and will end at 8:25, followed by a panel discussion.  

Where: Fine Arts Theater. 36 Biltmore Avenue.  

Why: Across the nation 1 in 6 households spend half or more of their income on housing and right here in Buncombe County thousands struggle to afford a decent place to live. Ownedpresents an opportunity to learn about the history of American housing policy and how this affects our housing choices today. By coming together through film and a panel discussion, residents can engage in thoughtful and critical dialogue, consider housing issues and solutions, and learn how to get involved locally. 

How: Secure your free ticket here.

Built To Last – A Concert Benefiting Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity Featuring Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats

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Join AAHH, Ambrose West, and Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats for a benefit concert.

WHEN: Saturday June 1st, 2019

WHERE: Ambrose West 312 Haywood Road Asheville, NC 28806

TICKETS: $40 VIP 1st 3 Rows Seated / $30 General Admission Seated / $20 Standing Room Only

SEATING: Seated & Standing Room

AGES: All

DOORS FOR VIP MIXER: 5:30pm

VIP MIXER: 5:30-7pm

DOORS FOR SHOW: 7pm

SHOW: 8pm

All ticket sale proceeds will be donated to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity as well as all other donations made at the event.

Event presented by Team Browne of Keller Williams Professionals and The Kim Winters Team of Movement Mortgage and Ambrose West.

Homeownership Information Session

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Asheville Area Habitat builds affordable, energy-efficient 2, 3 and 4-bedroom houses and townhomes that are sold to qualifying buyers who repay an affordable mortgage (serviced by Habitat). Applicants must qualify based on Residency Status, Need, Ability to Pay, and Willingness to Partner (see below for details).

We are currently accepting applications for our new 12-home Curry Court neighborhood in Candler.

For more details on the home ownership program, potential applicants are encouraged to attend an Information Session (see dates below). The sessions are held at Asheville Area Habitat Administrative Office at 33 Meadow Road.

Additional Upcoming Information Sessions

The following 1- hour sessions will take place at Habitat’s Administrative Office at 33 Meadow Road, Asheville, NC

Saturday 3/2/19 at 10 am

Wednesday 3/20/19 at 6pm

Wednesday 4/17/19 at 6pm

Please note: in the case of inclement weather, Habitat will follow Asheville City School closings.

30th Annual Christmas Jam

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Christmas Jam is turning 30!  Join Warren Haynes, AAHH and the growing Christmas Jam community for a weekend to remember.

This event has raised more than $2.3M for Asheville Habitat through the years!

Tickets available beginning October 26.

Find the full line up, updates and more at XmasJam.com
Warren Haynes Presents: Christmas Jam 30

ReStore Fall Customer Appreciation Sale

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There’s no better day than Saturday, October 20th to shop at the Habitat ReStore in Biltmore Village. It’s the ReStore’s Fall Customer Appreciation Sale and we’re saying thanks to the community by offering 25% off everything in the store! Whether you’re looking for furniture, building supplies, housewares, books, appliances, or antiques, shop the Habitat ReStore on Saturday, October 20th to take advantage of the lowest prices of the year. Sale hours are 9am to 6pm and free soft drinks and hot dogs will be available between noon and 2pm.

 

 

ReStore Fall Customer Appreciation Sale

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There’s no better day than Saturday, October 20th to shop at the Habitat ReStore in Biltmore Village. It’s the ReStore’s Fall Customer Appreciation Sale and we’re saying thanks to the community by offering 25% off everything in the store! Whether you’re looking for furniture, building supplies, housewares, books, appliances, or antiques, shop the Habitat ReStore on Saturday, October 20th to take advantage of the lowest prices of the year. Sale hours are 9am to 6pm and free soft drinks and hot dogs will be available between noon and 2pm.